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training the afghan police in markmanship but doing so in uniforms designed by giorgio armani. i am not kidding. i couldn't stop thinking about sue lowden. but tonight that is all. a huge thank you to our afghan hosts, the u.s. military and nbc news bureau in kabul. "countdown with keith olbermann" starts right now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? day 79 and the minefield of future disasters in the gulf? 27,000 abandoned wells. at least 1,000 unattended for more than a decade. bp still banning independent scientists from inspecting the disaster. even if the inspections lead to containment. next, the insurance disaster.
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the deadline for some pollution claims in the gulf is tomorrow. the battle of berwick. without a permanent director since 2006 gets dr. donald berwick in a recess appointment so? president bush's director said he's a universally guy regarded and who is not partisan. miss bendy straws talks about other things she doesn't understand. >> we need somebody on the job now. we have had more nominees waiting longer than any administration in recent history. >> gop still killing jobless benefits in the senate. robert byrd's successor in west virginia holding the balance against a republican filibuster. the governor of west virginia pushes not to just appoint a
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successor now, but maybe hold a special election. later in which maybe he could run. >> i would highly consider that. i truly would. "worsts" they cut off her cobra minimum because she paid less than the minimum. one one hundredth of the minimum. >> lebron james, not just the biggest in basketball history, not just the biggest free agent in sports history, he's got to announce which team he's going to play for during a live, televised hour long special. a new meaning to the phrase, pay per view. all the news and commentary now on "countdown." good evening from new york. this is day 79 since the deep water horizon well blew up in the gulf of mexico. there is news today about how day 80 could make or break untold numbers of people on the gulf coast.
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the disturbing findings by the findings by the associated press. thousands of abandoned oil wells on the floor of the gulf that could be leaking now or might be leaking in the future. but no one will ever know it. an ap analysis showed that drillers have temporarily abandoned more than 3,500 wells in the gulf. when the wells prove problematic or wait until gas prices go up, they put temporary, meaning less good caps on them, the same cement cap that failed to cap the deepwater horizon well. some abandoned for 50 years. 1,000 of them for more than a decade. secretary salazar is not inspecting the wells. they would not tell ap why. even though the bush department declared in 2001 some might be leaking now. the government responded to a coalition of scientists. one joins us shortly.
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they are asking for $8.5 million to examine the well we know is gushing to gauge the flow rate and to assess where it's going how the toxic components are reacting under water. mcclatchy newspaper reported back in may, bp had an incentive to not get accurate estimates, mcclatchy reports that bp wasted little time preparing for the lawsuits by retaining experts and labs who might be able to work for the plaintiffs. "countdown" confirmed several insurance companies notified the insurance brokerage they will enforce time limits strictly on the policies. meaning gulf coast business that is are or will be hurt can only get their insurance claims filled if they file by the deadline. what deadline? for some policies it is 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. in many cases, policyholders must file claims within 80 days
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of the event. the explosion, even if the oil does not reach your beach or fishing ground until day 81. this as the oil is still making new ground, reaches lake pontchartrain and texas. it will be another two to four days before bp can hook up a third collection vessel. the helix that will double the collection capacity at the spill site. we are joined now by mitch weiss. one of the correspondents who broke the story about the gulf's abandoned wells. mr. weiss, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you for inviting me, keith. >> can you quantify this problem? how many inactive wells in the gulf? how many only temporarily capped? how many do we need to worry about? >> well, we were able to crunch data and we found that there are 27,000 abandoned wells. within that, there's a subset of 3,500 temporarily abandoned wells.
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those wells basically don't have the same kind of protection that the permanently abandoned wells have. of the 3,500, they were temporarily abandoned for a number of reasons. they may not be economically feasible. they may be waiting for the price of gas to go up or the wells may have been abandoned while the oil and gas companies try to gain control of those wells. sometimes they are out of control wells. really, there are 3,500, the temporarily abandoned wells. and then of those, more than 1,000 of those have been temporarily abandoned for more than a year. some of those abandoned for 20, 30, 40 years. those are the ones that i think are most at risk. >> so we are clear, there's no inspection of them and no regulators on site to see if they have been capped or follow up by anybody to look for leaks on any of these? >> basically, keith, it's an honor system. as long as the oil and gas companies fill out the
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appropriate paperwork and submit it to mms, then mms, you know, basically takes their word it was done right. mms does have guidelines about what they have to do to permanently abandon a well or temporarily abandon a well. but basically it's an honor system. the only time mms inspectors are out there is if they happen to be doing a field inspection of a rig at a time a well is being permanently abandoned or temporarily abandoned. >> is there a reason the interior department may abandon the idea that the honor system works when it comes to drilling in the gulf or deep water drilling particularly? >> that's a good question for mms. we pose that question to them. they refused to talk to us. we went two weeks trying to get somebody to talk to us for an interview. all they did was say submit your questions via e-mail. they got back to us once and
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didn't get back to us with any follow-up questions. i'm not sure exactly why. there was a gao report in 1994 they take a role in inspecting abandoned wells. it was a concern at the time by the gao some of these wells could leak and if they did it could prevent a real environmental disaster. those were ignored and they never put an ypgs in place. >> based on the associated prisz investigation, do you know significant quantities or one leak could develop into a full-on blowout because of negligence? >> well there are a couple of concerns, keith. one is, you know, the temporarily abandoned wells and the permanently abandoned wells, the ones abandoned 20, 30 years ago were abandoned using a different technology we had in place today. they didn't use the same cement or plugs. a lot of those temporarily abandoned wells could be capped
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by metal and sea water eats away at the methal. of course, we know from the deepwater horizon blowout cement can be blamed for a lot of the problems that you see. so, i mean, is there a concern? is there a worry? knowing what we know now, yes. is anybody looking into the problem? is anybody addressing it? no. it is a policy mms has it is out of sight, out of mind. we trust the companies to do the right thing. hopefully nothing will happen. there is always the potential that one of these abandoned wells could blow or could be leaking seriously, but nobody's watching, nobody's inspecting so we don't know the extent of the problem. >> the honor system, what possibly could go wrong. great reporting and thanks for your time. >> thank you, keith. let's turn to ira lifro,
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leading the group of scientists who developed a plan to study the gusher at its source. thanks for your time tonight. >> good evening, keith. >> what exactly are you proposing to do and why don't they want you to do it? >> we are proposing to understand where the oil goes and very importantly why and what. so why does it go into the deep sea, into the middle and what parts of the oil are going. some oil is toxic. some is less. we want to understand why that is going into the different parts of the ocean that it does so therefore we can use the best intelligence to address where it is the greatest threat and greatest danger. >> there seems to be a divergence of opinion. the president and british petroleum told us immediately after this thing blew 79 days ago it did not matter how much was coming out. all resources were being
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deployed. you are saying flow rate is vitally important to knowing what to do next. is that implied in there? are you saying they were wrong about their assessment of flow rate? >> well, i mean, i agree with the president in that as far as i can see, all of the resources that could be available, all the booms are actually deployed. what i'm trying to reshape the debate in this experiment is it is not from my point of view so much how much oil is coming out but where it's going and what it's doing when it gets there. the different parts of the environment are being influenced by this oil and what is most important is the oil that is damaging and destroying aspects of the ecosystem. so -- but we also obviously need to know the total amount of flow. but what it is doing is extremely important question. >> how is the government, how has bp responded particularly to
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your proposal? referring back to mr. weiss's reporting on the abandoned wells, did they say everything is all right because the honor system is in place and it worked so well so far? >> personally, i would be happy if they said anything. >> goodness. >> congressman markey requested they tacontacted me. i wish they would pick up a phone. various people within the administration involved in the science have been very supportive of the need for understanding what's happening so that not just so that we can respond effectively now, so we can respond effectively in the future. if there is another oil spill. we shouldn't be asking the question where is the oil? we don't know where the oil is. we should have the science done so we can say we know where it is and we are going to stop it, we are going to contain it. we have methods of monitoring this oil and get the right containment system on it from
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day one to protect the environment. >> did we to some degree to reverse engineer this story, didn't you know already what was going to happen here because the plan would be a sequel to an in field test in 2000. it included the government, included bp. didn't they have an idea of what they faced with a deepwater spill? >> unfortunately, during the deepwater spill experiment back in 2000, there were technical problems, weather problems and we did not learn as much as we needed to know at that time. the experiment was not repeated. as i was developing with my colleagues and this "a" team of scientists the plan to understand where the oil is going in the environment i suddenly realized i was repeating the design of the original spill so i had a template to move forward the
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rational the government had is more critical today because today we have the real thing, a spill and we are not learning from it. what we need to know so we can address spills like this in the future. >> possible the only silver lining and they won't let you look at it for $8.5 million. dr. ira leifer who hopes to lead this team of scientists investigating the impact of this oil disaster. great thanks and good luck with it. >> thank you very much, keith. the president uses his recess appointment power. a new head of medicaid and medicare. the lunatic fringe starring sarah palin promptly screams, socialism, next. ♪ a day once dawned ♪ and it was beautiful ♪ ♪ so, look, see the sights ♪ that you learned [ male announcer ] at&t covers 97% of all americans.
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a new head of medicare and med skad assessed as universally unpartisan. why is the far right screaming socialism and rations?
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take a guess. the democrats need robert byrd's successor in the senate. so why did the democratic governor of west virginia delay the seating of the successor until november or later? they cut off her health care because she underpaid her bill. the amount of her underpayment one one hundredth of a penny. it is not about the team he chooses to join will give him $129 million contract, he has to turn it into a live 60-minute primetime special. what? he is going to say the team name very slowly? rin regimen. i just didn't listen until i awoke with pains in my chest. i almost lost my life. my doctor's again ordered me to take aspirin. and i do. i make sure that he does it. [ male announcer ] aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ mike ] i encourage everyone to listen to the doctor.
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when it comes to lies about health care reform half governor sarah palin can't quite top her death pabl stinker but he she has managed to smear a key obama appointment saying he is rationing health care. the new head of medicare and medicaid is a choice they should like. he is the man bush 43 appointed. dr. donald berwick will serve as the centers for medicare and medicaid. they have not had a director since 2006. many republicans in congress have made it clear in recent weeks they were going to stall the nomination solely to score political points. last night a republican not in congress or employed offered this tweet, press corps please do your job as obama sneaks in
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berwick. please cover his mission, socialized health care. i thought americans were supposed to ignore the press corps. that woman is an idiot. that led senator mcconnell to lead. apparently the obama administration intends to arrogantly circumvent the american people again. the decision is not whether or not we will ration care but whether we will ration with our eyes open. right now we are doing it blindly. that is a statement of fact about an already broken health care system. who echos dr. berwick. rationing happens today. the question is who will do it today? is that president obama, house speaker evil pelosi? no paul ryan of wisconsin. tom sculley said this, he is
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universally regarded and a thoughtful guy who is not partisan. it is more about the health care bill. you could nominate gandhi and that would be controversy right now. let's bring in msnbc contributor and gandhi expert david wiegel. good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> palin first. she is the pro wrestler of tweeting. this health care related stuff is mana from heaven? >> i think so. do we pay too much attention to what people say on twitter? i think we should wait for an hour long special this is the return of the curse of the death panel. getting back into the argument that thanks to obama care people are going to start having their health care cut off. they can't see it happening yet. as health care experts point out, unpleasant decisions are happening right now this is a debates republicans wanted to have before the election. she is going to help them have
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it because she has a loud megaphone. the white house cut that off. they didn't want to have a hearing on this which i think is unfortunate for them because they didn't want those hearings to develop in more weeks of editorials and fox news broadcasts on rations and death panels. >> the white house may have avoided a proxy fight over health care reform in a confirmation hearing but instead you get free form factless tweeting by palin and the howls of righteous anger from republicans who supported the recess appointment under president bush. is that technically a good swap? >> i don't think anyone is satisfied with this. the fact that berwick can't get a clean hearing, clean appointment, the white house is so exasperated before the election it would kick this to the side this is distressing for people who want to have the debate on republican side and for democrats who think this is
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a perfect nominee if you are a patients rights advocates, if you are rick scott, this guy should be one of your heroes. she said nice things about britain in some interviews. the principles of his career in the private sector have been to put patients first in hospital. to make sure there is min mization of pain. think of the patient br profit. that may not be what the republicans talk about it but that is what they were talking about throughout the whole health care debate. it might be a birth of a stretch to say he would be their best allies but the principles he suspects are not socialist but principles of good health care. it is sad neither side wants to have a debate. >> to one of the quotes, dr. berwick said i suggest we should make patient centeredness a primary quality dimension when it does not contribute to the
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technical safety and effectiveness of care. you could hear that coming out of mitch mcconnell's mouth with a little dumbing down? >> right that is what paul ryan said. that is what, if you push anyone who put out a statement on this, they were using this extremely mo lass ses show down to have a debate via press conference with people who didn't understand the issues and have a -- in the month of july and august when we need stuff to write about a pitch battle on rationing. the white house denied them that but dodged a fight on the merits of its health care bill. the strategy with nominees is like leopold bloom with managing a play. we are going to get really into the fight and take a dive and nobody is going to be happy. >> where did i go right. dave weigel of msnbc.
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lebron-a-on this. first the tweet of the day. beck you. how to be afraid of the black president under the guise of patriotism for advanced credit. well played, sir. let's play "oddball." we begin with the running of the annual bulls or the annual running of the bulls or the running of the bulls annually.
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thousands travel to pamplona to experience the excitement that can only be had to have a 1,000-pound animal chase you through the street if you are smart jump to the side. the other option is not president. the run takes three minutes. paris france where these lovely ladies are showing off designer creations. the eight-inch hills is proving problematic. one in the back takes a tumble. one in the back. the meaning of fall fashion is finally understood. time for the yat oddball" tween update. the website fatso asked bieber's friends to vote for a country.
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a prank group voted for north korea. he rejected the idea. prompting a diplomatic crisis for pyongyang. dear leader has beaver fever. a democratic governor from one of the poorest states in the nation helped the republicans throttle the extension of unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of unemployed americans. next.
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democratic governor has the authority to appoint a democratic replacement for the deceased democratic senator robert byrd but is delaying his decision. by doing that is he inadvertently helping republicans block unemployment benefits and financial reform. joe matchen is entitled to appoint a senator immediately. that is not in doubt. the secretary of state said so. but there is some confusion under west virginia law whether a special election to fill that seat might be held this november
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instead of waiting until november of 2012. in order senator byrd's replacement could be made now or chosen by special election this coming november. today the governor asked the attorney general of west virginia to rend aeroformal opinion on the matter. the governor said he would speak with state legislators about holding an election in november. he expressed a clear interest in running for the seat. the governor ruled out appointing himself but sounded like a candidate. >> we have to put everything in proper perspective. and we have lost sight of that. we really have. we get so embattled and competitive, we lose sight of what the objective of changing and transforming and creating a better union and our state for our children in generations to come. >> until the governor chooses senator byrd's replacement
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senator republicans can keep filibustering unemployment benefits. the senate returns monday the 12th. the governor said he hopes the attorney general will render an opinion by early next week. let's turn to richard wolffe, author of "renegade, the making of a president." good evening. >> good evening, keith. >> don't all the dem s need to pass is a senator from west virginia? >> yes. this governor does have the ability to break this impasse as quickly as he wants to. he has the awesome responsibility of trying to maneuver himself into this job which is where you get this delay. now, you know, this is the real delay here. it is not the lawyers are saying it is not clear. he wants to have some kind of options for his own career. there is speculation in west virginia he could reach all the
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way over his bed and nominate his wife to take senator for a temporary period. who would want it knowing the mansion is coming up apart from obviously his wife. what real world impact does it have? yes, hi career, but on any normal piece of legislation a week or two may not make difference. when you are talking about unemployment benefits for people so deeply in trouble in this recession it is frankly irresponsible. >> the governor is aware of not having a senator from west virginia the republicans continuing to kill the extension of jobless benefits? this hasn't gotten through to him the cable is out in west virginia? >> he is a smart politician. he is about to become the chair of the national governor's association. he has a close relationship with the white house. he was smart enough not to back hillary clinton or barack obama. he is not a simple politician.
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whatever you think about west virginia, this man knows about his career and where he's headed. but by the way, if you are matchen, you could say there is another solution, the senator from nebraska. why ben nelson is balking unemployment benefits is another mystery. ben nelson doesn't seem to mind spending money when it is a sweetheart deal for his own ste state. >> is there any chance he would leave the seat open until a special election in 2010? >> i don't think so. the question is whether he should put himself in that position if the tea leaves are correct and this seat is his for the taking. it is not easy gets a democrat elected in west virginia. he is very high approval rating, somewhere around 70%. it is not unreasonable, but he has to resolve it quickly. if it means appointing someone else or appointing himself, so
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be it. there are more important things in his career. >> we have mr. nelson of nebraska and the implications of west virginia in the whole foot dragging. we know what the republicans are doing, this is the grandstanding, screw you, we've got ours. the democrats seem unbelievably silent on this issue of trying to restore these benefits as another 200,000 people fall off every week. >> well, i think they have been trying here, but i just don't understand -- we can criticize west virginia. no one can predict when someone is going to pass away. but ben nelson here, really if you are a democrat and voting against unemployment benefits because of long-term concern about the deficit which may be legitimate there are people the democrats are supposed to stand with. the people at the bottom of the heap. i find it inexplicable. >> richard wolfe, thank you.
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>> thank you, keith. >> the lebron-a-on this. what is he going to do, receive his suitors and plot their trough live? hoops fan harry scherrer joins us. a governor who allows her one individual self to make the same news. rachel will talk to u.s. troops stationed in kandahar about their mission to defeat the insurgents there. ♪
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lebron james announcing where he will play in a live 60-minute special. i'm going to blank does not take 60 minutes. hoops addict harry scherrer joins me for the lebron-a-thon preview. this is our nightly check of the
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something for nothing crowd. it is tea time. sue lowden scrubbed her website. chris hayes and i made the inarguable point it is politically moronic, she is running away from her own positions and trying to hide them. the candidate said she would be pursuing senator reid for violating her intellectual property rights. there is a new tv ad misspelling her name. this is virginia thomas, the usual stuff a blind hatred of the president, paranoid use of the word tyranny, her group of kn neanderthals. she has two donors, one for 50 grand and one for 500 grand.
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it is her right to be wrong. virginia "ginny" thomas is the wife of supreme court justice clarence thomas. this is probably really, really obvious. the wife of a supreme court justice is soliciting donations to a political organization. even if she tried not to she can help from stand out from a crowd of yelping tea partiers. she is a living, breathing, appearance of a conflict of interest. she must reveal the names of her donors and everyone employed by, affiliated with or donating to liberty central or justice thomas must re-sign from the supreme court otherwise every verdict he renders has to assume to be the verdict of influence rendering and he will be reduced to a pathetic joke. h america?
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made by one individual. a decision of this magnitude was made by one individual. the legislature is a group. we elect you idiots to act. are you suggesting we should have a referendum for everything other than designated january 11th as pineapple day. it would be a mistake to allow a decision like to be made by one individual except me. discovery benefits. a company that is based in colorado. a woman wasn't billed. she figured it out herself. discovery benefits didn't bill her. they froze her benefits because she was off by a penny. she has leukemia. she gets chemo five days a
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restaurants in new york. cold in chicago in may. um -- the newly relaunched lebron james will announce where he will play on "the decision" airing on espn. not on the nba television network. oops. unprecedented interest cited for the spectacle. espn producer of "sportscenter" my first two years there tells the associated press jim gray another old friend hand picked by the james team will handle the introduction, announcement and questions. james is expected to reveal his choice in the first ten minutes which begs the question what is he going to do for the next 50 minutes a strip tease? proceeds will go to the boys and girls club of america. a person familiar with the show they tell the ap they will conduct the interview at the
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boys and girls club in greenwich, connecticut. actor, author, satirist, musician, radio host and basketball fan harry scherrer joins us from new orleans. his documentary "the big uneasy" will be in theaters august 30th. his new orleans hornets are not to be in on the bidding. >> rub it in. >> good to talk to you. >> good to talk to you, keith. >> i have a strong sense of a really big shark here but i can't put my finger on what is wrong with this picture. >> don't try putting your finger on it. it will get bitten off. let's be fair. sports television doesn't really have serious problems in filling hours. this show could be produced by the producer of the super bowl pregame show with half his time slot tied behind his back. that is not the problem. clearly lebron james is being
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cast in the role of -- familiar role, i believe, the decider. and, you know, it's just a disappointment to me they have chosen an interview format. i thought the idea was dancing girls would come out, eat up the first eight minutes. do a monologue, cleveland that is phoenix with potholes and be in the first commercial break before you know it. apparently not, but so be it. >> there are precedents, athletes committing to colleges live on tv. they do that all the time. "the bachelor." how do you fill the remaining 50 minutes? there is only -- they are going to have a wrapup show? blintzes served. >> there will be a slow mo replay. they will read twitter comments. they will fill the show the way a lot of broadcasts do.
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i have sources tell me he will be using a blackboard and demonstrating with the logos of the teams that he does not select the hidden marxist meanings. that will take some time and he will be doing toward the end of the hour a "worst persons in the world" segment. that will have only two people, one of whom is his mom and you know who the other is. >> this will mean the nets are out of it because woodrow wilson was the president and new jersey is off the list. >> that's correct. they're gone. >> you know primetime tv. lebron james is going to crush the hoop dreams of tens of millions of americans. is it a good idea to build a live tv show around that and if he doesn't say i'm not staying in cleveland it is to bring you coverage of the riots? >> yeah. i was surprised jim gray got the
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assignment. this has do be the easiest interview in the history of the world. there is one question. you have to memorize the number of the teams in the nba. larry king could do this interview as long as he remembers which sport lebron plays. did you think about the mets at all. did you think about the cubs. >> syracuse nationals. how close did you go to going to the philadelphia warriors. >> yeah. look, it is going to be some silences, some pensive looks, some you know, jim, i thought about that. that will take some time. i would bet that he's rehearsing as we speak. >> do you think jim could use some help? do you think vin sculley would be a good addition if we could free him up from the dodgers? >> vinny could tell some stories. i remember when orel hershiser
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was trying to resign with the dodgers. that is another story. we'll be right back. >> after this message from farmer john. one thing about the charity aspect here. >> yeah. >> supposedly that is there to offset backlash. that is 9:00 to 10:00 eastern. charity. espn doesn't make any money off that. what about the hour before that. there could be 20 million people tuning in at 9:00. there could be 10 million at 8:45. you could make a lot of money in 15 minutes if you put commercials on. is the money going to go to the fund for ex-"sportscenter" anchors? >> you are hoping. >> i'm hoping. this is so weird it reminds me of the week after 9/11 when the nfl announced they were -- the week after the week after nfl the nfl announced they were going to resume football but do it without the sound effects. we are supposed to be feel
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better about lebron james baugh he is giving away espn's money? he doesn't get the money from the ad. who are we supposed to feel warmth about at this point in time besides ourselves? >> and the ex-"sportscenter" anchors. po box 13. the white house reiterated they want him to go to chicago. shouldn't the president say nothing. >> he is the walking, talking "sports illustrated" curse of the century. >> you have a prediction. is it greenwich, connecticut, mean it is the knicks or the nets or founding hi own team in hartford? >> i was convinced by the rumor that the cavs were trying to trade delonte west. that said to me maybe they think he is going to stay in cleveland and they got to move somebody. >> harry shearer, who needs lebron james when you have cole aldridge. >> we got chris paul, baby. i think.


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